The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) seeks energetic, confident, and culturally sensitive individuals for two (2) fellowship positions to help low-income crime victims get health care services and supports. The fellows will especially help survivors of violent crime (e.g., firearms) with lifelong disabilities caused by the criminal encounter.
Because of COVID, the fellow can work remotely, however, occasional in-person contact with PHLP staff may be required. All training will be delivered virtually. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and expedited basis.
PHLP Mission and Strategies: PHLP has a single focus: protecting and advancing the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. We primarily serve clients seeking health insurance coverage or services through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
About the Position: It’s part-time. We seek persons impacted by gunshot violence to help us secure healthcare services and supports for people harmed by shootings. Fellows can be direct or indirect victims of gunshot violence. The fellowship comes with a stipend of $1,800. It is important that fellows be tied to their communities and be committed to helping those disabled from gunshot injuries. PHLP will train and equip the fellows (e.g., smart phones, computers).
Duties and Description: The position will require some or all the following:
- Significant contact with survivors of gunshot violence, their family members and advocates about Medicaid and PHLP’s services
- Maintaining accurate records of all contacts with victims, their family members, and victim service organizations
- Generating referrals of crime victims to PHLP by working with survivors of gun violence
- Be (or capable of becoming) well-versed in speaking about the wide range of services and supports available through Medicaid (crime victims are often not aware that Medicaid can pay for personal care, home and vehicle adaptations, home delivered meals, and respite for caregivers, for example). Training will be provided.
- Background working with crime victims preferred
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to connect with survivors and families to assess needs resulting from gunshot violence
- Excellent active listening skills to understand the specific situation of each victim of crime and to recall this information in follow-up conversations
- Possess compassion, positivity, and patience in abundance to build authentic relationships with low-income victims of serious crime
Compensation: Stipends of $1,800 (no benefits)
How to Apply: Email firstname.lastname@example.org describing your interest and relevant experience. Put “Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and expedited basis. All applicants will be contacted to confirm acknowledgment of the materials and then contacted only if selected for an interview.
PHLP is committed to a diverse staff. People of color, persons who are bi-cultural or bi-lingual, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.